FROM Sharanya Majumdar
Are we ready for natural disasters to come? After hammering Puerto Rico and devastating other Caribbean Islands, Hurricane Irma is heading northwest toward Florida. Disaster experts are watching to see if the East Coast is better prepared for a monster storm than Texas, which won't get over Harvey for decades. Every state has its own rules for protecting homes and infrastructure from natural disaster. Some have no rules at all. As the Trump Administration takes another look at federal standards, are higher building costs worth it to reduce damage and the need for reconstruction?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.